BaySafe is a non-profit harm reduction service in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Why is Harm Reduction Important?
Everyone loves to party!
Going out to party can be fun, but it might come with certain risks.
“Harm reduction” includes any service, product, or piece of knowledge that might reduce the risk of harm done when facing daily life.
It can be as simple and well known as the importance of wearing a seat belt while in a vehicle, or wearing a helmet while riding a bike.
Harm reduction also includes wearing earplugs when at a loud concert or festival to reduce the likelihood of acquiring hearing loss, or ensuring to drink ample amounts of water while partying to reduce the risk of dehydration.
Harm reduction could also include providing information regarding licit and illicit substances and recent trends in the party scene to reduce the risk of harm done when choosing to use substances.
In relation to substances, having the knowledge and capacity to differentiate something harmful from what you intended to consume can mean the difference between a fun time out, and a night in the emergency.
We plan to facilitate safe partying by running an awareness campaign about dangerous substances, and activities which you may come across. By providing some items such as earplugs, condoms, and drug information cards, you can make more wise decisions when out for the night.
We neither condone nor condemn substance use but believe that educating yourself about it is important if you choose to use.